TIL That in the late 1780's, an Irishman met an impressive performing bear while travelling France. When the bears owner prodded him with a stick, the bear shouted something in Irish, which led to the discovery that the performing bear was actually another Irishman who had been sown into the suit.

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Engender Save


Meaning: to cause


Plasticity Save


Meaning: pliability


Anomaly Save


Meaning: deviation from the normal order, form, or rule


Unfettered Save


Meaning: not tied down


Plastic Save


Meaning: moldable


Extend Save


Meaning: to lengthen or stretch out


Encomium Save


Meaning: glowing and enthusiastic praise


Vital Save


Meaning: essential for or relating to life


Articulate Save


Meaning: well spoken


Essay Save


Meaning: to test or try


Personable Save


Meaning: pleasing in appearance


Indifferent Save


Meaning: having no interest or concern


Daunt Save


Meaning: to cow or dismay


Ensure Save


Meaning: to guarantee or make certain


Dogmatic Save


Meaning: stubbornly opinionated


Sever Save


Meaning: to remove or separate by cutting off


Qualify Save


Meaning: to limit


Paradigm Save


Meaning: a model, example, or pattern


Pristine Save


Meaning: pure


Vitality Save


Meaning: vigor


Cultured Save


Meaning: possessing education, refinement and taste


Diffuse Save


Meaning: dispersed or scattered


Subjective Save


Meaning: not objective


Convention Save


Meaning: a generally agreed upon practice or attitude


Insular Save


Meaning: parochial


Guy Save


Meaning: a cord or cable used to steady or guide something


Regale Save


Meaning: to delight or entertain


Inherent Save


Meaning: ingrained within one’s nature


French Studies: three paradigmsIf we consider the evolution of French studies, there has been a fundamental shift at different times and at different speeds in different places from the nation state paradigm to the global paradigm.
This will eventually result in the promotion of Francophonie – a celebration of the presence of the French language...

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